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The ribbon cable in my RES is broken due to my active kids. I went to the stealer and they won't repair it. They only want to sell the me the new unit. I tried the local audio store but Panasonic only deal w/ stealer since the part is OEM. I don't see the point of discarding the entire working unit only because of this part.

I would greatly appreciate any advice or inputs.

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Tuan:(
 

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Go to the panasonic site, navigate to the parts and input your model number. Then the trick is to find out how to disassemble the unit to replace it.
 

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Warzau, i had disassembled it already that's how i found out. I had all the specs on the unit but cannot find anything searching online. The ribbon itself has 4 lines of numbers and two signs(square&triangle). I tried ser. no., model no. and reference no. but no prevails. Panasonic will not disclose cross reference model/no so individual like ourself can order it from our local store.
I'll try your route and see what result can be obtain.

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M_Power97 said:
Warzau, i had disassembled it already that's how i found out. I had all the specs on the unit but cannot find anything searching online. The ribbon itself has 4 lines of numbers and two signs(square&triangle). I tried ser. no., model no. and reference no. but no prevails. Panasonic will not disclose cross reference model/no so individual like ourself can order it from our local store.
I'll try your route and see what result can be obtain.

Thank you,
Really I had always excellent results. What is the model number, or is this the Honda OE RES?

Is this where you went to?

http://www.pstc.panasonic.com/Epartr/PartsListChoice.asp
 

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Warzau,

I tried your link but still no meaningful result.
Here are unit specs:

MDX RES
Model No. 39460-sv3-a013-m1
Ref. No. CN-TH2262Z
Ser. No. 11116916

Ribbon specs(4 lines):

M4A479172A
FA4320148 (a square sign)
TR-7WA2MH-H
TXFBM01AT37 (a triangle sign)

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Ohh I see it is a Panasonic Rebadged RES for Acura.

What year is your MDX
 

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Give Tim a call http://www.hondacuraworld.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc

Great guy and ask for the price, for the part,unfortunately it looks like the ribbon is part of the monitor and does not come separate. See if you feel it's worth to buy it.

Reminds me of laptop monitors, even if the ribbon cable is torn you still need to buy another one, or canibalize a used one.
 

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Warzau,

'04 MDX Touring. It's a Panasonic unit but will show up as an Alpine part from Acura(colaboration). I'll give Tim a call and see where we can go from there. Your help is absolutely crucial.

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Warzau,

I've contacted Tim but he was unable to order the ribbon separately. He said the entire unit would be around $1300.
The local stealer quoted $300 + part(s) cost + labor cost to send the unit to Panasonic for repair.
I'm now relinquish to two final options. Junkyard or soldering! I think mine is just the beginning of many more cases to come since DVD systems are fairly new auto integration.

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M_Power97 said:
Warzau,

I've contacted Tim but he was unable to order the ribbon separately. He said the entire unit would be around $1300.
The local stealer quoted $300 + part(s) cost + labor cost to send the unit to Panasonic for repair.
I'm now relinquish to two final options. Junkyard or soldering! I think mine is just the beginning of many more cases to come since DVD systems are fairly new auto integration.

Thank you,
Holy crap that much for just the screen?

WOW I found this on fleabay you might be able to cannibalize then keep the rest for future repairs. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2003-2004-Acura-MDX-DVD-Entertainment-System-LKQ_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3a4Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a200QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem220362456414QQitemZ220362456414QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo
 

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NP hope it works out for you.
 

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DVD Display Issue

Warzau, i had disassembled it already that's how i found out. I had all the specs on the unit but cannot find anything searching online. The ribbon itself has 4 lines of numbers and two signs(square&triangle). I tried ser. no., model no. and reference no. but no prevails. Panasonic will not disclose cross reference model/no so individual like ourself can order it from our local store.
I'll try your route and see what result can be obtain.

Thank you,
Can you please let me know how I can remove the display unit from the roof? My display is starting to act up where the video is also not displaying, but it is displaying when the monitor is down anywhere between 0-45 degrees angle. So it's semi-working still. Just not at an angle where passengers can view the display.

Thanks!
 

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That I don't know, perhaps if you start a new thread, someone with a service manual for MDX with RES can help you. I only have 01-02 service manual.
 

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New aftermarket ribbon cable

I just went through finding a new ribbon cable for my RES screen on an 06 MDX.

I thought I would post a couple details for anyone else who ran into this problem. The new cable is under $20 shipped!

My rear screen model Panasonic (based on label of original cable): M4A494221
The cable part number might be Matsu****a: TR-7WA3MH-H

All you need to do to find an aftermarket ribbon cable on ebay is:
1. Measure the number of pins on the end of the cable, mine has 30.
2. Measure the pitch of the pins (distance from center to center of each in millimeters), mine is 1mm.
3. Measure the length of the old cable, mine was about 18". Always go the same length or longer for the new cable since it needs the extra cable to allow the screen to fold up without unplugging itself.
4. Go to ebay and look for a cable with those specifications. Mine was AWM 20624 RIBBON CABLE from bangkok-electronic-excell.

Then just look up how to disassemble it (pretty easy, about 20 phillip screws) and put the new cable in place.
 

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Steps to replace ribbon cable.

I have been looking to replace the broken ribbon cable in my 2005 MDX. Can you provide more details on how you replaced the cable.

Thanks.
1. Pop the trim cover off the off the unit, pulling down all around the edges.
2. Unplug the electrical plug.
3. take out the 4 nuts that hold the unit to the ceiling.
4. With the unit out of the car, take the dozen or so screws out of it that holds the screen to the metal base and the controls to the metal base.
5. Take the 4 screws out of the sides of the screen (under the little trim colored stickers).
6. Pop the screen open. I used multiple screw drivers as to not damage the plastic edges.
7. Both ends of the old ribbon cable are held in place by a fragile plastic piece. Use a very small screw driver to unlatch the ends of it and it should come right out along with the cable.
8. There was a plastic plug going through the middle of the cable inside the screen as well, I removed it and discarded it since the new cable doesn't have a formed place for it.

With the new cable just reverse this process.
I did place a loop back of extra cable with a rubber band around it on both sides of the hinge to give slack for the screen when it opens and closes, so it wouldn't pull on the connection.

Good luck!
 

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This is my first post here, and I just wanted to give a huge thank you to HockeyDog! Its been about a year since the rear dvd stopped working and it was killing me to have to pay a few hundred dollars to replace the whole unit when everyone here knows that its just the ribbon cable that needs to be replaced. Once I saw HockeyDog's post I was cautiously optimistic. I puleed the unit apart, saw that my cable had the identical specs, and ordered it on ebay from Bangkok for 17 bucks. I received the cable yesterday, rushed home and slapped everything back together, reinstalled it and EUREKA! Works like a champ!

Thank you HockeyDog for the detailed instructions, without it I would've been a little nervous taking it apart. In case anyone is wondering, I have a 2004 MDX. Anyone out there that's having this issue that has a little patience waiting a couple of weeks for the cable to ship from Thailand will be very very happy with the result and the savings.
 
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